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Thread: GPS Help?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2005

    GPS Help?

    I ahve a GM-210, just got it today, and I am having trouble getting it to work on a debian based machine. The USb-to-serial driver was pre installed and I have searched through and through and cant figure it out. What I am trying to do is get gpsd to work with the reciever(showing up on ttyUSB0) and then show a track within Gpsdrive.

    Everything seems to work until I start up GPSdrive and I get errors saying it cannot get info from the reciever. It would be very helpful if someone could give me a nice little tut from beging to end, including the gpsdrive settings. Thanks in advance

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2005


    well I think I might be getting somewhere but I dont know. Im extremely new to GPS so bare with me. Heres what I did.

    gpsd -S 4800 -p /dev/usb/tts/0
    setup gpsdrive pref for /dev/usb/tts/0
    "Test for Garmin" and "GPS Earthmate" are toggled on

    Now I am getting "Not enough satillites in view!" and "GARMIN mode" flasshing at bottom of screen. Yes the gps reciever can see the sky

    someone help me before I go crazy

    Any help requested

  3. #3
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    Aug 2005


    Well I got it working before anyone ever gave me a reply, oh well. Now Im curious if there is a way to get googlemaps integrated into gpsdrive. I have heard of it being done but not with stability, any help on this would be apreciated.

    If you wanna know what I did here was my stupid mistake.

    I had to restart to shutdown gpsd(easiest way)
    gpsd -p /dev/usb/ttyUSB0
    ran gpsd-clients
    I then saw taht I was connected to multiple satilites
    start GPSdrive

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Hmm. Seems to me it just worked out of the box (or was it the expedia maps?).

    Actually, I've taken to using Roadnav. The maps aren't as pretty and they're U.S. only but it's a pretty slick interface and very carPC friendly (I helped test it).

    The latest version (0.9) includes gpsd support and 3D views.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    thanks for the heads up. I will check out the software once I finish getting this custom linux install done. Compiling everything from source so I got a few more hours till its finished.

    I have a side project IM working on that I want to test, anyone know of a good way to get gps long/lat/altitude data from the gpsd and into a xml gps format(gpx). I have found alot of tools for mapping out a track with google maps from logs and Id like to implment this as a gps tracking solution. I have seen something about gpxlogger and from what I understand its a project of gpsd.

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